According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,092 pedestrians died in accidents during the year 2009. Forty-eight of those pedestrians were killed in the state of Massachusetts. When a pedestrian is involved in an accident, death is often the unfortunate result since the pedestrian has no protection when struck by the large vehicle. Even when death does not occur, the injuries associated with a pedestrian accident are often very serious.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you may have the right to make a legal claim against the driver who caused the accident. To determine your eligibility for claims arising from pedestrian accidents, contact the experienced Massachusetts personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jerry S. Glassman today using our online form or via phone at (617) 367-2900.Massachusetts Pedestrian Accidents
There are many different reasons that pedestrian accidents occur within the state of Massachusetts and the city of Boston. For instance:
- In 48 percent of accidents involving pedestrian fatalities, the deaths were linked to the pedestrian either running in front of the car or darting onto the roadway/intersection.
- 8 pedestrian deaths in 2009 occurred when the pedestrian was either working in or working on the road.
Whenever a pedestrian accident occurs, it is important to prove who caused the accident, how it occurred, and the severity of the injuries. Your own personal injury protection (PIP) may provide partial coverage for medical bills and lost wages if you or a family member in your household is covered by PIP, but for larger medical costs, more serious injuries, broken bones, disfigurement or death, you can collect from the person who caused the accident and receive additional damages for pain and suffering and other losses.
Pedestrian accidents can happen because drivers aren't paying attention or because pedestrians fail to obey the rules of the road or cross when they aren't supposed to. In many cases, both the pedestrian and driver share fault for the accident and, as a result, the driver of the passenger vehicle can only be held liable for a portion of damages equal to a the percentage of responsibility he/she bears for causing the accident.
An experienced Massachusetts personal injury lawyer can assist you in speaking to law enforcement and eyewitnesses, lining up experts to provide testimony, and gathering evidence to show the cause of the accident and extent of your injuries. If you are able to prove the other driver was at fault, or partially at fault, your attorney may be able to negotiate an out-of-court settlement or build a strong case in court that results in you receiving compensation from the person who harmed you.
To learn more about how a Boston car accident lawyer can help you after a pedestrian accident, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC today at (617) 367-2900 or online.
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